Everyone’s a Learner
Our core mission for adult programs is to provide a learning environment designed to serve the burgeoning area that is sometimes described as “middle skills” or the “New Collar Workforce.” Sarah Boisvert, in her book “The New Collar Workforce,” says that “The No. 1 skill 95 percent of employers interviewed want today from new collar workers is problem-solving ability.”
WorkChops aims to support this cause through The Fab Lab at WorkChops, a program that will provide access to the tools and knowledge to educate, innovate, and invent using technology and digital fabrication to allow anyone to make (almost) anything, thereby creating opportunities to improve lives and livelihoods around DFW.
“WHAT’S A FAB LAB?”
A Fab Lab, or digital fabrication laboratory, is a place to play, to create, to mentor, to invent: a place for learning and innovation. Fab labs provide widespread access to modern means for invention. They began as an outreach project from MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) and became a collaborative and global network.
“WHAT’S THE FAB LAB NETWORK?”
The Fab Lab Network is an open creative community of fabricators, scientists, engineers, artists, educators, students, amateurs, and professionals located in more than 100 countries and 1,750 Fab Labs across the planet.
From community-based labs to advanced research centers, Fab Labs share the goal of democratizing access to the tools for technical invention. This community is simultaneously a manufacturing network, a distributed technical education campus, and a distributed research laboratory working to digitize fabrication, inventing the next generation of manufacturing and personal fabrication. Labs receive support from the Fab Foundation.
DIGITAL BADGE PROGRAM OFFERING
As part of The New Collar Network, WorkChops is a local site offering the North American Digital Badge Program that’s launching Fall 2019 in Dallas, Tulsa, Lorrain County Ohio, Denver, Tucson, Detroit, and El Paso. Badges will be affordable to learners who wish to grow their skills in CNC machining and repair. Our staff will also help facilitate connections between learners/job-seekers and employers.
Our curriculum is open to any and all paying students, but the people at WorkChops are passionate about providing these services to all, in particular those whose financial means might ordinarily prohibit them from availing themselves of these types of classes.
As such, we welcome donations in any amount, from $10 to $10,000 (and beyond!), which can be used as a tax deduction. Your donation will provide these educational opportunities to the DFW community.
To be considered for financial assistance, contact us.